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Comcast terms detailed during meeting


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Before opening Ocean Pines to cable company competition last Tuesday by signing a 10-year-deal with Comcast, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors fielded questions from the public about the agreement that will end Mediacom’s reign as the community’s sole cable services provider. The board’s contract with… Read more »

Music, food and hundreds of vendors at 45th Sunfest


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) The 45th annual Sunfest celebration begins today, Thursday, Sept. 19, and continues until Sunday in Ocean City. The festival, which marks the end of the summer season, will take place in the inlet parking lot under large tents featuring more than 300 arts, crafts and food vendors… Read more »

Berlin Fiddlers Convention takes its bows this weekend

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27th annual competition brings plenty of pickin’ too By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Bluegrass, Cajun and Celtic music will fill the streets of downtown Berlin from Friday through Sunday during the 27th edition of the Berlin Fiddlers Convention. With scores of musical participants and thousands of spectators, the competition has grown into… Read more »

Administrator Allen relieved of admin. post

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Dismissal vote unanimous in Monday morning session By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Berlin Town Administrator Laura Allen has been fired, town officials confirmed to the Bayside Gazette Monday. No cause for the dismissal was given, with Councilman Thom Gulyas saying only, “I can’t believe we’ve been betrayed like this.” Berlin Mayor Gee Williams… Read more »

Park clean-up costly project

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Estimates put total bill in $280K range as work continues By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 12, 2019) The bills associated with the clean-up of a caustic chemical at Heron Park continue to pile up. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said during Monday evening’s Town Council meeting that the town has spent $244,433 so far on… Read more »

Comcast brings service competition to Ocean Pines


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 12, 2019) Market competition for Ocean Pines internet and cable TV service became a reality this week when the OPA finalized a deal to bring an additional service provider to the area. OPA President Doug Parks said following Tuesday’s contract signing with Comcast that the roster of internet and… Read more »

Petition legal battle looms


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 12, 2019) The possibility of a legal battle over the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors’ rejection of a petition seeking to reduce its unapproved spending authority to $1 million has increased, with opponents to the board’s denial obtaining counsel of their own. Former Board member Slobodan Trendic introduced… Read more »

Restructuring rates requires intensive study


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Should the Town of Berlin decide to change restructure its water and sewer rates someday, the mayor and town council will have a good idea of how to begin, following a presentation last Monday by representative of an organization that helps small governments through the process. Jean Holloway,… Read more »

Heron Park reopens months after spill of caustic chemical


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Heron Park in Berlin has reopened after taking several months to clean up a caustic chemical at the site on Old Ocean City Boulevard, Mayor Gee Williams reported Wednesday morning. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen informed members of the Berlin Parks Commission at its Tuesday evening meeting that… Read more »

Pines meeting recaps drainage, dredging, bulkheads

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Colby Phillips, Ocean Pines Association operations director, reviewed plans to address drainage issues, ditch cleaning, road maintenance, bulkhead repairs and dredging requests during the board of directors meeting on Saturday. Solving the long-standing drainage issue in Ocean Pines is not feasible, Phillips said. “Unfortunately, the drainage problem isn’t something… Read more »